An EAG Quarterly Business & Community Meeting
“Historically rooted in the Excelsior District of San Francisco, the Excelsior Action Group seeks to develop and sustain commercial corridors that have been under-served in District 11, utilizing small-business capacity building, public and private space activation, community real estate and City liaison services, and policy advocacy activities.”
MEET OUR TEAM
MARIBEL RAMIREZ - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Maribel moved to the Excelsior more than 6 years ago on the coldest day in July. She put on her gloves, scarf, and hat and headed to the Dark Horse for dinner and thought - What have we done? Within months, she could not imagine living in any other part of the City. She is excited to bring her years of experience in retail and business development to the EAG. From starting and leading the first marketing department at a retail design firm to working on the development team for the Westfield San Francisco Centre. However, it was her last position at La Cocina, a nonprofit that supports low income food entrepreneurs, that showed her the value of business ownership, the importance of providing opportunities that are equitable, and to ensure that we create pathways that support a diverse economic landscape.
MEL FLORES - DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY VIBRANCY
A native of the bay area, Mel Flores is a long-term San Francisco resident. He is happy and proud to call the Excelsior his home, where along with his wife, he has raised two daughters who attended our local San Francisco public schools. Mel has a bachelor's degree in Humanities and studied Educational Instructional Technologies in a Master's Program at San Francisco State University. Throughout his life, Mel has had a passion for the arts, and over the years, he has studied and worked in theatre, advertising/public relations, art and graphic design.
highlighted salmon area outlines the scope of EAG'S work in the Community
Our goal is to strengthen small businesses, by providing them with needed services, engaging commercial property owners, and elevating the neighborhoods profile, all working towards maintaining vibrant and healthy commercial districts. But we can't do it alone.
We draw on the local community's strength through corridor activation projects such as murals, sculptures and events. EAG has chosen to pursue this by involving residents, merchants, neighborhood and merchants associations, and city agencies initiating activities aimed to reinvigorate, green, beautify, strengthen, and unify our diverse community.
Our Vision for the Excelsior and Outer Mission
The Excelsior Outer Mission Street shopping district will be an inviting, inclusive urban village. Eclectic shops, specialty stores, services and restaurants along the attractive, tree-lined sidewalks of our Mission Street corridor will be well-served by public transportation and will provide for the daily needs of residents as well as attract visitors from around the city.
Arts and cultural institutions will offer evening entertainment in our safe, friendly neighborhood. Diverse individuals, families, and merchants will proudly participate in building and sustaining a true sense of cooperation, care and community in the Excelsior and Outer Mission. People who live here and those who visit will meet and mix to enjoy the area's spirit and unique character.
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